I want to build a "velvet board" which is an ironing board made just to iron velvet. The face of the board is wire, like the wire things they make to clean files. When you put the velvet down on it good side down, the velvet fibers don't flatten out, and the steam kames it look like new.
What do you call that wire stuff that cleans files, and where would one look for it in larger sizes than the file cleaners?
Wish, I could be of help, but sorry, but you seem to be a jill of all trades. Are you a woodworker? I think that and stained glass would be two items that would be enjoyable to learn. A couple of my brothers do very nice woodworking. If they were closer I would get them to teach a few things. DH does some but not with any enthusiasm.
nope. a steamer has the action of pressing the velvet, even if held half an inch away. I don't know why that is... the velvet fibers do not stand up after steaming unless suspended into a velvet board.
Do you know the fiber content of your velvet?
If all else fails, try getting your hands on wool cards. they are the brushes used to comb out wool fibers and have tons of little spikes. you'd have to hold it under the velvet and press in small bits.
Look at a weaving supply site like www.halcyon.com.
The dog brushes called 'slicks' are the same thing only smaller.